Follow the Authority of Jesus

Sermon from CCM:Kingsway


This sermon was preached by Tim Simmonds at the CCM Kingsway site of Christ Church Manchester on Sunday 6th January 2019.



This message was part of the ‘SERIES NAME’ series, preached at Christ Church Manchester’s church in Burnage in EARLY/MID/LATE YEAR. The full series included the following sermons:


This sermon was based on Mark 1:21-34.

Jesus Heals a Man with an Unclean Spirit
21And they went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath he entered the synagogue and was teaching. 22And they were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as the scribes. 23And immediately there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit. And he cried out, 24“What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God.” 25But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” 26And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying out with a loud voice, came out of him. 27And they were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, “What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” 28And at once his fame spread everywhere throughout all the surrounding region of Galilee.

Jesus Heals Many

29And immediately he left the synagogue and entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. 30Now Simon’s mother-in-law lay ill with a fever, and immediately they told him about her. 31And he came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and the fever left her, and she began to serve them.
32That evening at sundown they brought to him all who were sick or oppressed by demons. 33And the whole city was gathered together at the door. 34And he healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons. And he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.


Jesus has Authority to Teach 

  • The Scribes had authority and power because they knew scripture and had gained this position of scribe. The people in the Synagogue quickly saw that Jesus was something different – he probably looked a bit like a scribe – but his authority was somehow very different
  • Jesus’s authority comes from who he is. His authority was himself – remember when John Baptised him – the spirit anoints him – the father endorses him as “The Son of God” – Jesus authority is as member of the Trinity – as God. 
  • The authority of Jesus always causes a reaction. The people in Capernaum were astonished but the were unchanged, they did m=not repent or believe he was the Son of God. What is our reaction to the authority of Jesus?

Jesus has Authority Over Evil

  • Jesus encounters a Demon – in a synagogue – Mark wants us to see that the issues aren’t just on the surface. There are deep spiritual problems in Gods people – they have turned their backs on God – they are broken people – worship idols.
  • Jesus deals with the people and what’s going on behind the scenes – the uncleaness that is in them. We see Jesus teaching in ways that confront the “prophets” of the time – those who claimed authority over people.
  • Jesus cleans us spiritually. Removes the hold that evil has over us. He sees what is going on under the surface and brings freedom.

Jesus Calls us to Serve

  • Jesus moves from the Synagogue to Peters house where Peter’s mother in law is sick. Jesus says nothing, he touches and heals. This is a demonstration of Jesus’s authority over the physical world.
  • Here is an example of the impact of Jesus authority – Peter’s mother in law serves. That is her reaction to the authority of Jesus. To serve is to give yourself to someone else – to do things that improve their life and not yours – to put their needs above your own.
  • Mark gives us a hint here of wht the correct rection to Jesus’s authority looks like – someone who submitted themselves to Jesus authority. No words spoken – just service.
  • Jesus doesn’t just physically heal – he gets her whole life on track – she is now in the service of God – it’s a whole life change.




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